I'm not new to sailing, but I have no experience with either of these cats. Thought I'd put it on the board and see what people think.
I live in the Chicago area and will be sailing the boat in Lake Michigan (really good wind). I'll be solo 70% of the time (I'm 210#), have my son (7 yrs)25% of the time, and a guest maybe the remainder. I wouldn't mind racing some but work will prevent that most of the time.
It has come down to these two boats. I am not considering others.
1. Is the Nacra 500 too small to carry up to 500lbs occasionally and still perform fairly well? Does the Nacra 500 sail well to begin with? I've sailed H16s a lot--does this boat handle weight better?
2. Is the F17 such a go-go machine that it can't be sailed casually? How durable is it? It seems very capable of carrying weight--right or wrong?
Thoughts are welcome. I'd love a test sail, but logistics/time are tough to make a jaunt to the dealer 250 miles away.